How to Subscribe to Layers of Learning (Or any other site)

So you like our site and you want to read our articles, but you forget, get lost on doing other things.  We know, you’re busy.  But there’s hope!  Here is the lowdown on how to subscribe to Layers of Learning (and any other sites you want to keep up with). This site, and nearly every other site, produces something called an RSS Feed.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.  It means that our blog puts out our articles that can be picked up by a third party reader.  This is what our feed looks like in its raw form.  An RSS reader grabs that raw data and turns it back into something pretty. This is lucky for you because it makes it super easy to keep up with our blog posts. There are two ways. First Way: Email Inbox Subscribe to get emails from us in your inbox.  You will … click to read more

Why You Should Read Aloud To Your Kids

I have read aloud to my children since they were born, first board books, then picture books, and finally novels.  I didn’t do this because I was convinced of the educational value of reading aloud or because I had read studies on the impact of reading on education.  I did it because my mom read to my siblings and me when we were kids.  The memories I have of her reading a novel to us on hot summer afternoons while we all lay around the living room right after lunch or huddled under a tarp during one of our many rainy camp outs will remain with me fondly forever. I wanted my kids to experience those books in that way. She read Summer of the Monkeys, My Side of the Mountain, Little House on the Prairie, A Cricket in Times Square and dozens and dozens of other novels. That is how my love … click to read more

Layers of Learning Unit 3-12

  History: Settlers Geography: Peru & Bolivia Science: Sedimentary Rocks The Arts: Native American Art Description Learn about the horrible trials the early American settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth suffered through.  Make a three part flap book about the life of Squanto.  Make a model of a reed boat, like the ones floated on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia.   Investigate the process that forms coal, a sedimentary rock, and make a stinky model of the process. And dress a warrior in his feathered headdress as you learn about Native American arts. Layers of Learning Unit 3-12 includes all of this, plus library lists, printables, and links to take you to the web.  56 pgs.  Full color.  This is a PDF. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a … click to read more

Layers of Learning Unit 3-9

History: Enlightenment Geography: Korea Science: Light Art: Journaling Description Learn about the Enlightenment with finger puppet figures.  Play a Korean game called Yut.  Split light into a rainbow and create some optical illusions.  And get a little guidance as you learn about art journaling. All this and much more can be found in Unit 3-9. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips. Printable maps and worksheets are included at the end of each unit and may be printed as often as needed for your family or class.   More From Layers of Learning